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John Trumbull's "Declaration of Independence"
This painting features the committee that drafted the Declaration of Independence - John Adams, Roger Sherman, Thomas Jefferson (presenting the document) and Benjamin Franklin standing before John Hancock, the President of the Continental Congress. The painting includes portraits of 42 of the 56 signers and 5 other patriots.
The Declaration of Independence adopted July 4, 1776 announced the separation of the thirteen colonies from Great Britain making them into the United States. The original is now exhibited in the Rotunda for the Charters of Freedom in Washington, DC.
In This Issue
- Study Suggest Amylin Deposits Are A New Biomarker for Age-Related Dementia and Alzheimer's
- Alzheimer's and Art: Neurologist Gaining Insights From Father's Journey
- Still Having A Life: Respite Programs Vital For Caregivers
- Promising Alzheimer's Drug Halts Memory Loss
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|Study Suggests Amylin Deposits Are Biomarker For Age-Related Dementia And Alzheimer's|
(Source: News Medical) - A second amyloid may play a role in Alzheimer's disease, UC Davis researchers find
A protein secreted with insulin travels through the bloodstream and accumulates in the brains of individuals with type 2 diabetes and dementia, in the same manner as the amyloid beta (Αβ) plaques that are associated with Alzheimer's disease, a study by researchers with the UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center has found.
The study is the first to identify deposits of the protein, called amylin, in the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease, as well as combined deposits of amylin and plaques, suggesting that amylin is a second amyloid as well as a new biomarker for age-related dementia and Alzheimer's.
"We've known for a long time that diabetes hurts the brain, and there has been a lot of speculation about why that occurs, but there has been no conclusive evidence until now," said UC Davis Alzheimer's Disease Center Director Charles DeCarli.
"This research is the first to provide clear evidence that amylin gets into the brain itself and that it forms plaques that are just like the amyloid beta that has been thought to be the cause of Alzheimer's disease," DeCarli said. "In fact, the amylin looks like the amyloid beta protein, and they both interact. That's why we're calling it the second amyloid of Alzheimer's disease."
"Amylin deposition in the brain: A second amyloid in Alzheimer's disease?" is published online in the Annals of Neurology.
Type 2 diabetes is a chronic metabolic disorder that increases the risk for cerebrovascular disease and dementia, a risk that develops years before the onset of clinically apparent diabetes. Its incidence is far greater among people who are obese and insulin resistant.
Amylin, or islet amyloid polypeptide, is a hormone produced by the pancreas that circulates in the bloodstream with insulin and plays a critical role in glycemic regulation by slowing gastric emptying, promoting satiety and preventing post-prandial spikes in blood glucose levels. Its deposition in the pancreas is a hallmark of type 2 diabetes.
|Alzheimer's and Art: Neurologist Gaining Insights From Father's Journey|
(Source: DJ Journal) -Alzheimer’s disease can catch a person between the shifting planes of mind and memory, cutting them off from the outside world.
Expressive art forms can help families and communities build a bridge – even if it’s a temporary one, said Tuscaloosa, Ala., neurologist Dr. Daniel Potts, who became an advocate for Alzheimer’s patients and their families after his experiences with his father.
“It promotes emotional well-being for patients and their caregivers,” Potts said. “There’s something about the art that harnesses another part of the brain.”
Potts shared the story of his father, Lester Potts, and his insights on the value of expressive art for people with dementia in a presentation at North Mississippi State Hospital in Tupelo.
Expressive arts – drawing, painting, music, dancing, drama and storytelling – validate the person in the present, it helps them pull their life stories into the present.
The pilot light is still on,” Potts said, and there’s someone still inside the mind ravaged by Alzheimer’s.
The brain actually sprouts new connections in people participating in artistic activities, even older people, Potts said.
“A rich, stimulating environment is so important for all of us, lifelong,” he said.
|Still Having A Life: Respite Programs Vital For Caregivers|
(Source: Sun News) - Glenn McConnell, the lieutenant governor of South Carolina, shares with tens of thousands of state residents his personal experience with the vital role of caregivers, perhaps for “a medically fragile child or a parent with Alzheimer’s.”
In a moving forward to an important, long-range report on family caregivers and respite for them, McConnell writes: “My brother, sisters and I could never have imagined the change in our lives when our mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease.” Over five years, “we learned the challenges of this long farewell and the importance of family caregivers.”
The report, “Take A Break SC! Sustaining South Carolina’s Family Caregivers Through Respite” makes several recommendations toward improved services “for all family caregivers of people of any age with any special need.”
“Respite is defined as regular, temporary breaks from caregiving for a person of any age with a disability, special need or chronic illness,” Tony Kester says in a letter to S.C. senators and representatives. He’s the director of the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, which received a three-year federal grant authorized by the 2006 Lifespan Respite Care Act.
Approximately 770,000 South Carolinians are considered family caregivers — and some of them may not identify themselves as caregivers, but simply as a daughter, son, mother, father, husband, wife caring for a loved one.
The report was compiled by the Lifespan Respite State Advisory Committee, a 32-person group with a remarkably diverse membership, including a mother of two children with autism, a mother of a Down Syndrome child, representatives from state government, and representatives from private nonprofits such as the S.C. Respite Coalition and Family Connection of South Carolina Inc., both partners with the Office on Aging.
“We’ve tried to make this a truly multidisciplinary approach,” says Anne Wolf, assistant deputy director of the Office on Aging. The 19 recommendations range from increasing “public awareness about the role and utilization of respite” to establishing “a centralized toll-free number/clearinghouse for access to emergency resources for caregivers and care recipients.” The latter is Recommendation 19, with suggested implementation in 6-10 years.
|Promising Alzheimer's Drug Halts Memory Loss|
(Source: Science Daily) -A new class of experimental drug-like small molecules is showing great promise in targeting a brain enzyme to prevent early memory loss in Alzheimer's disease, according to Northwestern Medicine® research.
Developed in the laboratory of D. Martin Watterson, the molecules halted memory loss and fixed damaged communication among brain cells in a mouse model of Alzheimer's.
"This is the starting point for the development of a new class of drugs," said Watterson, lead author of a paper on the study and the John G. Searle Professor of Molecular Biology and Biochemistry at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. "It's possible someday this class of drugs could be given early on to people to arrest certain aspects of Alzheimer's."
Changes in the brain start to occur ten to 15 years before serious memory problems become apparent in Alzheimer's.
"This class of drugs could be beneficial when the nerve cells are just beginning to become impaired," said Linda Van Eldik, a senior author of the paper and director of the University of Kentucky Sanders-Brown Center on Aging.
The study is a collaboration between Northwestern's Feinberg School, Columbia University Medical Center and the University of Kentucky. It will be published June 26 in the journal PLOS ONE.
The novel drug-like molecule, called MW108, reduces the activity of an enzyme that is over-activated during Alzheimer's and is considered a contributor to brain inflammation and impaired neuron function. Strong communication between neurons in the brain is an essential process for memory formation.
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- 2 large zucchini, shredded
- 1 large carrot, shredded
- 1 sweet red bell pepper, sliced into very thin strips
- 1 ear fresh corn with kernels removed
- 1 small bunch parsley, finely chopped
- 1/4 cup balsamic or Italian-style salad dressing
- In a large bowl add all of the ingredients. Toss very well and chill in the refrigerator for about 20 minutes (this helps the flavors blend).
- When ready to serve toss again mixing the ingredients well. Add to plates and garnish with extra parsley if desired.
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